Day 24 – April 29

There’s a crack in the mirror
And a bloodstain on the bed
There’s a crack in the mirror
And a bloodstain on the bed

Oh, you were a vampire
And baby, I’m the walking dead
Oh, you were a vampire
And baby, I’m the walking dead

I got the ways and means
To New Orleans
I’m going down by the river
Where it’s warm and green
I’m gonna have a drink and walk around
I got a lot to think about – Bloodletting – Concrete Blond

Jazz Fest

At last it looks like the rain has cleared. When we got to the Fest the infield looks ok, not to much mud around. Morning feed today is a Grilled Lamb Sausage Po Boy and a frozen iced-coffee.

We went over to the Fais Do Do to say hello to Stew and Carol and watch a little of Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys. At 1:30 I had a look at a cooking demonstration – Pork Belly & Shrimp pot stickers. It was more Chinese style cooking so I didn’t stay to the end but I did learn the best way to peel fresh ginger (my secret).

Not sure what to go and see so we decided on the Lagniappe Stage for Quiana Lynell. Sophisticated late night Jazz and not sure that Kate would enjoy. The band are very good and Quiana’s voice is amazing. She sang a tribute to Porgy & Bess, Summertime and Motherless Child which was spine tingling and her scatting amazing. Kate clapped enthusiastically at the end and said she enjoyed her singing.

Over to the Raw Oyster Cult at the Gentilly. The Raw Oyster Cult grew from the legendary N.O. rock band the Radiators. Sort of like a Grateful Dead jam band. The special guests included all past members of the Radiators which was pretty cool. The girls went back over to Fais Do Do for the Honey Island Swamp Band. I have been sitting on the track but toward an exit. Have on my NOLA to you die t-shirt and I must look like an official as people keep coming over to me to ask me questions.

It started to get hot again so I grabbed me a lemon and lime sno cone. I felt like a kid again spooning the flavoured ice into my gob. To think yesterday I was standing in torrential rain! Caught a few songs of the Revivalists who I enjoy. Then over to the Fais Do Do for Los Lobos who are going to perform La Pistola Y El Corazon. The stage area out front is packed and I sat over to the side. I could hear the band OK but could not see them.

Then went over to the Acura for Paul Simon. I listened to a few songs but he is a bit wishy – washy for me and so decided to finish the day with a little of Elvin Bishop at the Blues Tent. Elvin played great but looks like age is catching up with him as well as he played sitting down.

Ran into the girls around 6:30. As we were heading out an older hippie looking guy came over to say to Kate, ‘I like seeing you wearing your Sea Shepherd cap. Turns out he is a staunch supporter of anti- whaling and is a member of the Sea Shepherd family even though he is an American. Said he is boycotting all things made in Japan.

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